The follow-up to 2009’s ironic teen superhero caper is passed down by Matthew Vaughn (originally director/co-writer, now just a producer) to Jeff Wadlow, who remains true to the spirit of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr’s lively graphic novels. The story picks up four years later, with New York dork and by-night crimefighter Kick-Ass (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) keen to come out of retirement and form a “Batman and Robin” with Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), still an old head on now 15-year-old shoulders. Minus a couple of deceased parents, the cast is virtually the same, with the added plus of Jim Carrey’s Colonel Stars and Stripes, a recruit to the homespun justice league. Though cartoonish, it’s all unashamedly foul-mouthed and bone-crunchingly violent (Hit Girl pin-cushions a foe with shards of glass in a particularly nasty scene), and will satiate any who enjoyed the first round of stylised mayhem. Supporting Brits Andy Nyman, Iain Glen and Steven Mackintosh are a bonus.
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